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Category: Personal Injury

Apr 2, 2021 - Personal Injury

Recovering from Back Injuries

If you have injured your back, it can be a disheartening and debilitating challenge to overcome. Nonetheless, with some simple lifestyle changes, plenty of rest, and competent medical care, you can substantially increase your odds for a full recovery. If your back pain persists and does not at least start to get better within a few days, it’s best to see a healthcare professional for advice on how to proceed. Back injuries are among the most severe types of injury you can suffer from. Even more frustrating is the fact that back injuries often don’t become symptomatic for days, weeks, or months after an accident. If you’ve suffered a back injury caused by a car or truck accident, an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, a construction accident, or a pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle accident, let the Bethlehem back injury lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis help. The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Back Injury A few tips on recovering from a back injury can go a long way towards the healing process and a shorter and more certain recovery. Some of the do’s and don’ts include: Do’s Immediately after you experience back pain, stop whatever you were doing to cause the pain and apply ice to numb the area and reduce inflammation. Ice should be applied for about 20 minutes every 6-to-8 hours for 2-to-3 days. Remember not to apply ice directly to your skin but use some type of damp cloth or a […]

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Mar 31, 2021 - Personal Injury

How Do I Know if My Back Injury is Serious?

Back injuries are a common result of many automobile accidents. During a collision, the forces in play are powerful indeed, and your back is comparatively not nearly as strong. Injuries to the back’s bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles, and/or nerves can cause pain and severe discomfort.

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Mar 22, 2021 - Personal Injury

How Much is Pain and Suffering Worth in Pennsylvania?

If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful intentional conduct, you’re probably wondering just how much compensation you can recover for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a term used to refer to the compensation you may recover for the physical or emotional distress resulting from an injury.

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Mar 17, 2021 - Personal Injury

What Kinds of Cases Involve Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law, also known as “tort” law, allows an injured person to file a civil lawsuit in a court to obtain legal remedies (“damages“) for all losses stemming from an accident or other incident causing personal injury. The purpose of personal injury law is to allow the injured person to be financially compensated or “made whole” after he or she has suffered harm due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful intentional conduct.

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Feb 17, 2021 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

WHAT IS A RESPONSIBLE PARTY HOST TO DO?

When you are hosting a private party, should you have to worry about the amount of alcohol your guests are drinking? Are you required to “cut them off?” Of course nobody ever wants anyone to get hurt, but is it your legal responsibility as a host to pay attention to everyone’s alcohol consumption?

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Jan 29, 2021 - Personal Injury

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are roughly 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. every year. Since 2010, motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal injuries (38%). Spinal cord Injuries suffered in car accidents are very serious, and unfortunately far too common.

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Jan 22, 2021 - Personal Injury

Common Delayed Injury Symptoms

Accidents can happen to anyone at any time and in any place. Although some accidents result in serious or even fatal injuries, most people walk away from a car accident with only minor injuries. Still, even if you feel unharmed in the immediate aftermath of a crash, your body can have surprising reactions to trauma that delays your response to an injury. Adrenaline can also mask symptoms of injuries from a car accident in the short term.

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Dec 31, 2020 - Personal Injury

Factors That Could Lead to a Large Settlement

Our Allentown Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the fault of another, then Pennsylvania law may give you a right of action against the defendant. It’s important to understand, however, that successful cases don’t often go to trial — despite public perceptions.  The vast majority of disputes are resolved through settlement, thus avoiding the time, expense, and frustration associated with trial litigation. At Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, our attorneys have decades of experience representing a wide range of injured plaintiffs in Pennsylvania.  In many cases, we’re able to secure a favorable result through early settlement.  If you’d like to speak to an experienced Allentown personal injury lawyer about your case, call us at 888-777-7098 or send us a message online to schedule a free and confidential consultation today. For now, you may be thinking: what actually influences the dollar value amount that the defendant is willing to settle for?  Let’s take a brief look at some of the unique factors that can lead to a larger settlement amount. Highly-Serious Injuries Injuries that are particularly severe — such as loss of limb, blindness, and traumatic brain injury, and other impairments — are likely to be associated with significant damages, as the impact can be quite drastic. The pain and suffering associated with a serious injury is likely to be severe, and there may be consequences for the plaintiff’s social and personal life.  Their spouse may leave […]

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Dec 22, 2020 - Personal Injury

Recovering Damages for Loss of Earning Capacity

Bethlehem Back Injury Lawyers Working For You Some accidents can lead to debilitating injuries, which may influence the damages that you can pursue in the subsequent personal injury lawsuit.  Debilitating injuries — such as serious back issues — can not only lead to severe pain and suffering but may also lead to impairments that make it difficult (if not impossible) to return to the career trajectory that one had pre-injury. For example, if you’re a professional basketball player and you lose leg function in a car accident, then you will no longer have a future as a professional basketball player.  This could have significant impacts on your income and must be reflected in the lawsuit’s overall damages. Let’s take a closer look. Loss of Earning Capacity — Proving Impairment In Pennsylvania, “loss of earning capacity” damages track one’s actual, post-injury ability to earn in the future, and compares it to what they could have earned had they never been injured. This can be difficult to establish, and the plaintiff and defendant may disagree vehemently over the numbers.  For this reason, it’s important to secure valuable expert testimony, gather all necessary evidence (such as pay stubs), and evaluate all relevant factors: potential for promotions, projected pay for the career path in one’s industry, alternative career paths that may be available to you, average retirement age, the availability of bonuses, pension options, and more. For example, suppose that you injure your back in a car accident.  As a result, you can no […]

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